October Public Lecture

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building (SN2067) on the Memorial University campus Dr. Craig Purchase (Department of Biology, MUN) will share some of his knowledge about capelin during his talk entitled:  “Weird sex: the unusual morphology, behaviour and gametes of capelin” As many of you know, Craig is a fish biologist with wide-ranging interests and an entertaining ability to communicate about fish. As an evolutionary ecologist, he is interested in how organisms have adapted to their environment, as a result of interactions with individuals of their own and other species, and with abiotic conditions.  He leads research related to reproductive biology, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation among populations, and conservation of species-at-risk. Craig’s naturalist underpinnings were forged gardening, angling and hunting as a child in rural Newfoundland.  He is currently an editor for the journal Northeastern Naturalist, a member of the Marine Fishes subcommittee of COSEWIC, a…


Signals from seabirds – messages from the ocean

Public Lecture by Dr. Bill Montevecchi , Psychology Department, Memorial University Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7 – 8:30 pm, Memorial University campus, IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation Seabirds are most visible and compelling expressions of the world’s oceans.  Their lives are shaped by the vagaries and often unforgiving challenges that the ocean presents.  Seabirds are Olympian performers in a quasi-predictable environment, and we gain new insight about marine life and the ocean by interrogating their behaviour and ecology.  Our research in the North Atlantic provides novel information about ocean climate change, fish conditions and availability, and human impacts on the sea around us.  As did aboriginal peoples, New World explorers and settlers, we look to the ocean and study the seabirds for their mystery and the information that they provide about their own well-being and ours. Program is free and registration is not required.  Everyone is welcome.  All children must be…

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September Indoor Event

NATURE NL MEETING: SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. in MUN Science Building S.2067 It's September again and that signals the start of our regular fall monthly meetings. This meeting is a special one as the winner(s) of the society's Tuck Walters Awards are to be announced. As usual we will start the meeting with members offering any special natural history observations from this past summer. Then Dr. Bill Montevecchi, Chair of the Awards Committee, will announce the 2015 winner(s) and a number of the winner's colleagues will talk about their achievements. The award is named for Dr. Les Tuck who was the Head of the Canadian Wildlife Society in the province for many years, and Captain Harry Walters who was the first Head of the Newfoundland Wildlife Division. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding and enduring contributions to the advancement of natural history appreciation and protection…


Nature NL Monthly Talk: 150 years of mining in Newfoundland and Labrador – Every mine tells a story of time and place

Presenter: Dr. Derek Wilton, Memorial University 7:30 P.M. Thursday January 15, 2015 Memorial University, Science Building Room SN 2067   Derek Wilton presents the amazing and untold stories of mining in  Newfoundland and Labrador and its role in our economic, social and cultural history.   Dr. Wilton is a faculty member in the Department of Earth Sciences at  Memorial University and has engaged in mineral deposit research in Newfoundland and Labrador, other parts of Canada, Nevada, Botswana and  Malaysia. He is also interested in the history of geological exploration in  Labrador, including work conducted by aboriginal groups prior to contact  with Europeans.   All are welcome. Nature Newfoundland and Labrador presents monthly talks on  the natural history of our province.

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